I’m sitting out with Skipper, my first German Angora Rabbit, listening to the rain and remembering how I started down the road of fiber arts.
It was October 2016 and my mother-in-law needed to live with us for a few months. Both of us love sewing so I was excited to have another sewing craftsman in the house.
One evening as we were lounging in the living room and she brings out some yarn and a crochet hook. I asked her about it and she said she wanted to add a crocheted edging to a garment.
I then proceeded to tell her my horror story of the first and only time I tried knitting. How my friend and I, 10 years previous, decided to try knitting a scarf. We spent the afternoon smoking, watching movies and knitting and I was almost done! That’s when my friends Papillon puppy decided it was time to go crazy. He started running around the room, and thought it would be a good game of chase if he grabbed my ball of yarn and ran down the hallway. To my extreme dismay what took me hours to complete became a very large tangled mess of yarn in seconds.
So i swore off ever doing yarn projects because they could be destroyed in seconds. But I guess the saying ‘never say never’ really does apply to us all. Because here I am watching her crochet a beautiful edging for an elegant silk house robe and wondering, could it really be that scary?
The next day I was trying to relax after work and I didn’t want to work on my cross-stitch project. See I am unable to just sit, I have to fidget with something and up until this point if I wasn’t sewing I would cross-stitch, but cross-stitch was getting cumbersome for me. That’s when I started pondering about trying crochet.
My first concern was how expensive? Well if I went to my local library I could get a ‘how to’ book for free. And according to Joann fabrics website hooks and yarns would be under $20. Thus, I took my first trip to get supplies for crocheting.
And I suppose the rest is history. I couldn’t stop crocheting. By the time Christmas rolled around I crocheted everyone in the family a gift and I was giving projects away at work.
When my mother told me my Great Grandma Wiseman was an avid crocheter, I got even more excited! Add to that my love of caring for animals and my new hobby blossomed into ‘what I want to do with the rest of my life’ moment.
There you have it, my story of how fiber arts and I first met.